Music 370

MUSC 369:370

Catalog Entry

MUSIC 369:370. Fretboard Skills

Two hours laboratory (1:1). 

Prerequisites:  MUSC 268 or permission of the instructor for non-guitar performance majors. 

Intermediate to advanced skills in harmonization, transposition, position studies and improvisation, will be studied as they specifically apply to the fingerboard.


Detailed description of Content of the Courses

The purposes of these courses are, in priority order of emphasis is to inculcate competency with regard to the relationship between harmony, sight-reading and its application to the guitar fingerboard. The skills to be covered are as follows:


MUSC 269


    1. Demonstrate skills in playing a classroom instrument(s) – guitar.

    2. Rhythmic and metrical melodic sight-reading, in all positions of the fingerboard.

    3. Visualization skills are applied to sight-reading skills.

    4. Dyad identification in each position.

    5. Transposition applied to triadic moveable chord families.

    6. Know how to use the guitar effectively in the classroom.

    7. Have knowledge of and experience with music from a variety of cultures.

* MUSC 369 Fretboard Skill:  4 hours of observation/participation in public school settings required of Music Education Majors.


MUSC 270


    1. Multi-metered and compound rhythmic sight-reading

    2. Four-voice harmonic theory as applied to the fingerboard.

    3. Transposition applied to four-voice moveable chord families.

    4. Visualization skills applied to chord inversions.

    5. Intermediate to advanced chord progressions and improvisation.

    6. Demonstration of the skill of improvising on the guitar.

    7. Know repertoire for teaching and playing guitar.


Detailed description of the Course

The course will include both traditional techniques and technology in instruction including: Emphasis on student demonstration and performance. Music department. Music department lab resources will be utilized in drills and review through instructor designed software.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will develop proficiency with regard to functional skills necessary to teaching and performing. Students will be able to transpose, a necessary skill for accompanying singers and other instrumentalists. Further, students will be able to improvise; a skill that can be applied to performing and teaching.


Assessment Measures

Classroom participation, both oral and performance will be assessed daily. Attendance will therefore be considered part of the grade. Student lab work will be evaluate as well.


Other Course Information


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

Revised April, 2009